‘Dignity pads’ ensure girls regain esteem

Nandipha Banjwa, Anitha Ngidi, Xolelwa Liwani, Thabisa Dyonase, Babalwa Jama and the girls who benefited from the donation, on Saturday, in Philippi. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko
Nandipha Banjwa, Anitha Ngidi, Xolelwa Liwani, Thabisa Dyonase, Babalwa Jama and the girls who benefited from the donation, on Saturday, in Philippi. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Ubuhle Benina has donated sanitary towels and other necessities to needy girls at the Green Village Church in Philippi, on Saturday.

This gave over 60 girls the ego boost they need during “that time of the month”, as studies have shown that in pooere communities, the girl child struggels to go to school, play outside and mix socially, because of lack of these sanitary towels.

Babalwa Jama, from the organisation, said poor girls faced an even more intense struggle than was faced by the grandmothers of 1956.

“Today we have the struggle of teenage pregnancy and girls these days are also involved in substance abuse which is also a struggle that we need to fight,” Jama said.

Nandipha Banjwa said the girls are in need of support of such products as they come from disadvantaged families.

“We are handing out the “dignitary packs” to the needy girls, because we know that they get affected in a bad way if their families cannot afford to buy them,” Banjwa said.

Thabisa Dyonase, also for Ubuhle Benina, said they decided to bring the girls from different townships under one roof with the aim of breaking the demarcation mentality amongst their peers.

“We are all facing similar challenges regardless of areas we are coming from.

It is important to give them the sanitary towels, because some of them stay only with males and it becomes difficult for them to talk about such issues.

Some of them cannot afford to buy these,which affect their confidence.

We ensure that they are clean at all times to boost their confidence,” Dyonase said.

The initiative was done in partnership with Sisters Abiding in Lighting and Truth (SALT) and Section for Young Mind, which are also women driven organisations.

They dug from their own pockets to buy the products and they also received assistance from other donors, who also gave to the initiative.

Sihle Ndyalivane, 14, is one of the beneficiary from Philippi.

She was praiseful of Ubuhle Benina for the initiative and said the donation will restore their dignity in times of need.

“I am so happy, because most of us struggle to get the things that they bought for us. It will help me a lot. The organisation is good for us, because they give us guidance in life and teach how we need to behave as girls,” Ndyalivane said.

Noxolo Kibi, 13, a beneficiary from Philippi, said the donation will help her a lot.

“I am very happy, because we do not get such things at all times. I really needed them, because I do not have money to buy them,” Kibi said.

The products are set to last them for at least six months.

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